Pochettino hails Kane

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Mar 7, 2019-

Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on Harry Kane as the England striker became Tottenham Hotspur’s top scorer in Europe and fired them into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Kane’s second-half goal at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday put Spurs in the last eight after sealing a 1-0 last-16, return leg win to clinch a 4-0 aggregate victory. It was Kane’s 24th European goal—his 14th in the Champions League added to 10 in the Europa League—to take him past Jermain Defoe’s tally of 23. “I’m so happy for him, you all know how I feel about him—he’s one of the best strikers in the world,” said Pochettino.

Kane was not the only Spurs player to reach a key milestone at Dortmund as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kept his 100th clean sheet. “I want to congratulate Kane and Lloris too, because that was his 100th clean sheet for Tottenham, which is fantastic for him too,” added Pochettino. “Hugo was great. We conceded more chances than we expected, but this type of game, when you beat them 3-0 in the first leg, is very difficult—they have nothing to lose.”

This is the first time Tottenham are in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League since 2010-11 season when

they bowed out 5-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid. Having beaten Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley in the first leg, Pochettino hinted Spurs could be back at the new White Hart Lane for the quarter-finals, due to be held in mid-April. (AFP)

Published: 07-03-2019 12:12

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